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Weekly Features

Delivering integrated power solutions for African projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th February 2017 Integrated energy solutions provider Zest Energy, a member of the Zest WEG group, is set to hand over a power generation solution for Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite mine, in Mozambique, at the end of April. This flagship project – the company’s largest power plant in terms of power output –... 

Event a gold mine for energy solutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th February 2017 Mining companies operating in Africa continue to recognise the need to go off-grid, find energy solutions that ensure they do not depend on an outside source and acquire renewable-, cleaner-energy solutions for a more sustainable future, in spite of the tough economic climate, says Africa Energy... 

Event a gold mine for energy solutions
Photo by Bloomberg
LEADING THE WAY The Africa Energy Indaba has lined up a host of speakers aligned with energy solution services and opportunities applicable to the mining sector

Rapid energy access needed in Southern Africa

     24th February 2017 The rebound in commodity prices should usher in new projects as well as the expansion of existing operations in Southern Africa’s mining industry, but the region, counteractively, has an insufficient power supply, says fast-track mobile turbine power provider APR Energy regional sales director... 

Renewables gaining traction

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th February 2017 Off-grid mines present one of the biggest business opportunities in renewable-energy solutions for mining companies, says engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff director of transmission, distribution and power Dinesh Buldoo. The mining sector is one of the... 

Renewables gaining traction
DINESH BULDOO Off-grid mines present one of the biggest business opportunities in renewable-energy solutions for mining companies

Energy sector trade show launch a ‘success’ – organiser

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2016 The inaugural PowerEx trade show, held last month alongside the biennial Electra Mining Africa at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, in Nasrec, has been declared a success by the show’s organiser, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. 

Energy sector trade show launch a  ‘success’ – organiser
Photo by Duane Daws
GROWTH OPPORTUNITY There is excellent opportunity for growth going into PowerEx 2018, with not all floor space in Hall 9 dedicated to this year's show

Global ties place supplier ahead in energy efficiency game

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2016 Through the global resources afforded by its parent company, electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has been in a “very fortunate position” from a manufacturer perspective. 

Global ties place  supplier ahead in  energy efficiency game
CONSIDERABLE INVESTMENT Zest has invested R150-million in its South African manufacturing operations to incorporate WEG's manufacturing planning and execution system

Mines turn to off-grid power amid low commodity prices, revenue

By: Simone Liedtke     28th October 2016 More companies are considering the use of an independent power producer (IPP) to meet their mines’ energy needs, as many projects are under pressure to achieve capital savings to weather the current operating environment comprising low commodity prices and diminished revenue streams. 

Mines turn to off-grid power amid low commodity prices, revenue
TRADITIONAL ANSWER Off-grid mines have typically bought and operated their own diesel or heavy fuel oil power generating facilities, as security of energy supply is an important factor in the mining industry

Best time to capitalise on renewable-energy PPAs

     12th February 2016 Owing to mining clients’ negotiation positions for renewable-energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) having improved considerably as renewables can be used with diesel generators in hybrid systems, the opportune time is now for them to pursue renewable sources of energy, says Germany-based... 

Best time to capitalise on renewable-energy PPAs
WINDS OF CHANGE The objective of using renewable energy for mining operations is to partly replace fossil-fuel powered stations with inexpensive solar or wind energy technology

Dependable power will boost economic growth

     12th February 2016 As a result of electricity supply limitations in South Africa and many other sub-Saharan African countries, economic growth is set to be impeded, which will affect many electricity-intensive and -dependent industries, including mining.  

Energy efficiency needs meaningful data use

By: Dylan Slater     12th February 2016 A common trend in the mining industry is the misuse or non-use of energy data, says Sandton-based sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) South Africa air quality and climate change team head and senior partner Massimo Bettanin.  

Energy efficiency needs meaningful data use
EFFICIENT MINDSET All mining personnel should be trained to operate their respective machinery in the most efficient manner possible

Hybrid power solution aimed at African mining industry

By: Dylan Slater     12th February 2016 Contrary to popular belief, a power solution incorporating renewable-energy solutions and diesel generators does exist and has been developed particularly for the mining industry, especially miners operating in regions with high average solar-peak yields, says renewable-energy solutions company... 

Hybrid power  solution aimed at African mining industry
SOLAR POSSIBILITIES South Africa has lots of solar photovoltaic potential with high average peak yields of sunlight

Power, co-generation and integrated energy solutions specialist

     12th February 2016 Energy will continue to be a highly sought-after commodity in Africa. Many companies help to address the continentís insatiable need for electricity, but not many have the ability to take a holistic approach and integrate their solutions with the electrical infrastructure of mines and other... 

Power, co-generation  and integrated energy  solutions specialist

Reliable electricity supply central to sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     12th February 2016 Dependable electricity supply is critical to the operation of a mine within safe parameters, and negligence thereof can leave a mining company vulnerable to costly litigation and rising insurance premiums.  

Reliable electricity supply central to sustainability
SECURE SUPPLY Any loss of power, however short, is an expensive risk and unacceptable at a mine site
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